Top 4 facts about the Zika Virus

July 31, 2016

 

The Zika virus is an insect borne disease that up until 2015 had been contained to areas in the Pacific Islands, Southeast China and Africa. Now with Brazil being a hotbed for the disease, and reported cases occurring in the US territories and even America, it’s time for people to know more about this disease in order to protect themselves.

 

#1: Mosquitoes are the main vehicle to spread Zika

The Aedes species mosquito is the primary way this disease has spread. The mosquito bites its victims mainly in the daytime, although it will also bite at night. Although no reported instance in the United States has been linked to a mosquito bite, the Aedes species mosquito lives in many southern regions of America. This particular type of mosquito also is responsible for spreading Dengue and Chikungunya.


Zika can also be contracted via blood transfusions, and sexually-transmitted from males to their sexual partners. Males who have traveled to, or lived in, Zika danger zones are urged to abstain from sex, or use a condom, during sex – particularly with their pregnant partners, since Zika can also pass from a pregnant mother to her fetus.

 

#2: The Zika virus is very dangerous to humans

 

Unborn babies are most cruelly affected by this disease, as it is responsible for causing serious birth defects, including Microcephaly, which causes a baby’s head to be much smaller than normal. Microcephaly can also cause mental retardation and developmental problems.

 

In adults, the Zika virus is believed to be linked to Guillain-Barré syndrome, which affects the nervous system, causing severe weakness and paralysis.

 

#3: Zika travels to America

While there have been reported cases of people being infected with Zika in America, no instances have been traced to an actual mosquito bite. Many times the virus is brought back to the United States when someone has been infected elsewhere, and then comes into the United States. The first case of this happening dates back to 2007, with the total amount of travel-related  Zika cases in America being over 1,300.

 

#4: Insect repellent & insect repellent clothing are the best way to prevent Zika

Both the CDC and the WHO encourage the use of insect repellent and insect repellent clothing as being an effective way to prevent exposure to the Zika virus. NOBU.GS clothes, blankets and nets with Insect Shield® technology infuses the Permethrin insecticide with fabric fibers providing proven Zika protection through anti-mosquito repellent.

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